Mouse Who Died in Museum Mousetrap may get a Memorial Plaque

For Immediate Release:

9 February 2016


Jennifer White 44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Asks Museum of English Rural Life to Install Plaque Warning Visitors of the Cruelty of Lethal Mousetraps

 Reading, Berkshire – The surprising death of a mouse inside a 155-year-old mousetrap on display at the Museum of English Rural Life has prompted PETA to rush a humane mousetrap to the museum this morning, along with a simple request: install a small plaque near the display to remind visitors that humane rodent traps are more effective – and far kinder to animals – than old mousetraps.

“This poor mouse’s death reminds us all that mice are intelligent, curious animals who deserve far better than to die in terror in a trap”, says PETA campaign coordinator Kirsty Henderson. “PETA is calling on the Museum of English Rural Life to remind visitors that, in 2016, we can choose to be kind and use non-lethal methods to discourage unwanted animal guests from entering our homes.”

In its letter, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – notes that lethal methods of rodent control are ineffective, as more mice will simply move in to take advantage of the sudden spike in available food, water and shelter. Homeowners can make their homes inhospitable to mice by keeping food in sealed containers and sealing any holes in walls and foundations. Then, any mice found in the home can be caught in live traps (which should be checked hourly) and harmlessly released into a non-populated area.

PETA’s letter to the Museum of English Rural Life is available here. For more information, please visit